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Friday
Dec102010

'Devastated' American Kayakers Survive Congo Croc Attack

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ABUJA, Nigeria) -- A pair of American kayakers who escaped a crocodile attack that killed their famed guide are "devastated" by the death of the guide, Hendrik Coetzee.

Ben Stookesberry and Chris Korbulic could only watch in horror as a crocodile snatched Coetzee, 35, from his kayak on Tuesday as the three men paddled on the Lukuga River in Congo.

"They beached their boats about 500 meters from the incident in a very remote area," Ciaran Donnelly of the International Rescue Committee told ABC News. "They found villagers who lent them a cell phone to call the IRC."

The IRC and another humanitarian organization working in the area Solidarites International dispatched teams to evacuate them. Both men are still in Congo meeting with local authorities, but are expected to return the United States soon.

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Friday
Oct222010

Africa: Plane Crashes ... After Crocodile Escapes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NAIROBI, Kenya) -- A small airplane crashed in Africa, killing all but one of the passengers, after a crocodile smuggled on board escaped and apparently caused a panic.

The propeller plane was approaching its destination when, according to the sole survivor's account, a crocodile hidden in somebody's carry-on bag escaped. Panicked passengers stampeded to one side of the tiny plane, causing it to be thrown off-balance.

The original cause of the August 25 crash was thought to be a lack of fuel, but magazine Jeune Afrique revealed the survivor's story.

The flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo was piloted by 62-year-old Belgian Danny Philemotte. He and his first officer, 39-year-old Briton Chris Wilson, were apparently unable to maintain control of the Czech-made L-410 Turbolet once it become unbalanced.

The pilots and 18 passengers on board died when the twin-engine plane crashed into a house just short of the regional airport at Bandundu. The flight had originated in the capital city of Kinshasa.

The crocodile survived the crash, but was killed with a machete by authorities, according to reports.

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A small airplane crashed in Africa, killing all but one of the passengers after a crocodile smuggled on board escaped and apparently caused a panic.

 

The propeller plane was approaching its destination when, according to the sole survivor's account, a crocodile hidden in somebody's carry-on bag escaped and caused a panic. Passengers stampeded to one side of the tiny plane, causing it to be thrown off-balance.

 

The original cause of the Aug. 25 crash was thought to be a lack of fuel, but African magazine Jeune Afrique revealed the survivor's story.

 

The flight in the Democratic Republic of Congo was piloted by 62-year-old Belgian Danny Philemotte. He and his first officer, 39-year-old Briton Chris Wilson, were apparently unable to maintain control of the Czech-made L-410 Turbolet once it become unbalanced.

 

The pilots and 18 passengers on board died when the twin-engine plane crashed into a house just short of the regional airport at Bandundu. The flight had started in the capital city of Kinshasa.

 

The crocodile survived the crash, only to be killed with a machete by authorities, according to reports.

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